Sustainable solutions are needed to ensure water supply, minimise flood risk, and safeguard the environment.

The UN recently predicted that nearly all of the global population growth from 2016 to 2030 will be absorbed by cities, creating about 1.1 billion new urbanites. This creates significant challenges for urban areas in terms of how to supply a growing population (in planned and/or unplanned settlements), how to manage ageing infrastructure, how to recover resources from wastewater, and how to interact with the natural environment. This short course will examine these challenges and provide students with the skills to identify, contextualise and evaluate different urban water management technologies and approaches.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 09 May 2024
    • 16 May 2024
    • 23 May 2024
    • 30 May 2024
  • Duration12 hours over four 3 hour sessions
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost


    Concessions available

Course structure

This course is delivered via a mixture of online lectures, workshops and practical sessions.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale and drivers for adopting more integrated approaches and systems thinking to water management,
  • Explain key concepts, current state and challenges for water management from different sectoral perspectives,
  • Discuss solutions for integrated water management,
  • Explain the different types of values associated to social and environmental benefits and the main valuation methods.

Core content

  • Frameworks for integrated water management,
  • Systems thinking,
  • Current challenges and future solutions to:
    • Water resources,
    • Energy,
    • Food/Agriculture,
    • Water supply and distribution,
    • Wastewater treatment,
  • Integrated solutions,
  • Social and environmental value.


You can book a single course or any combination of the courses offered in Water Management May in the same year, and benefit from discounts.

  • One course: £500
  • Two courses: (£450 per course)
  • Three+ courses: (£350 per course)

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.